April 29th, 2010
05:27 AM ET

Immigration protest set for Cubs-Diamondbacks game

The fierce debate over a new Arizona immigration law has spread to America's pastime as protesters plan to demonstrate against the city's baseball team on Thursday.

The protest will occur outside Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, where the Arizona Diamondbacks will start a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

"America's favorite pastime will be hit with a reality check," the protest's organizers wrote on a Facebook page set up to publicize their rally. "Bring signs and banners to the protest."

By early Thursday morning, the Facebook group had more than 800 members.

The new Arizona law requires police to check whether a person is in the United States legally if there is a reason to suspect he or she isn't.

Critics say the law could foster racial profiling.

Along with the protest at Wrigley Field, the group said it is planning a protest march for May 1.

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  1. frank zappa

    everyone's in panic. i'm having too much fun

    April 29, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. AmericanMexican

    Again, I have the solution! One world government. Each country has its own color code. Example, Mexico has red, America has blue, Canada has green. If a red shows up on the radar in the US then you can locate them and send them back. However, if it turns lets say purple then they have a visa to be here. We can all accomplish this with getting id chips in humans. This way, everyone is happy! What do you all think? AmericanMexican

    April 29, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sue0319

    The more that they take to our streets to protest--when they are CRIMINALS in our country-–the more that they anger US ctizens throughout the country.

    If they think that they are getting increased sympathy because of their protests--tey are WRONG.

    It is just angering citizen more and more

    And, just wait until they protest in cities across our country this weekend-–Again, they are going to anger citizens even more.

    Illegals should just go home-–as the majority in our country will make sure that there is NEVER any amnesty--or any other rewards/accommodations for illegals--AKA criminals who have thumbed their noses at our immigration laws.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. charlie maultsby

    If the protesters don't like our laws that everyone has to follow they should move somewhere else, like back to Mexico. There are lots of laws people don't like but we have to abide by them.If one is traveling to Mexico we as Americans have to to have our passports and ID's. What makes tis group so special.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. miken

    Why do so many liberals promote the idea that it is good for the rest of us to be outnunbered by 1 ethnic group?

    April 29, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. marc

    A lot of ya’ll don’t get it…it’s not just about illegal’s its about racial profiling? What does an illegal person look like??? I’m a citizen of the US and will be very pissed off if I’m asked to show my id several times a day because I fit the description of an illegal?... who likes being pulled over by the police?

    Posted by: Mark
    Maybe it should start out like how law enforcement does it around the holidays, have checkpoints everywhere and they can check papers that way everyone is stopped and there's no profiling and if you have paper continue on and if you don't you'll be deported

    April 29, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sue0319

    What if your parents brought you to this country when you were 4 yrs old. You went on to College got a Bachelors degree and all those little things Americans value. But you remain Illegal.....what then? Go back to Mexico


    Yep, go back to Mexico or whereever else. NOBODY is stopping them from taking their kids, they all need to leave together.

    The ILLEGALS put their children in this position, NOT the US or US citizens.

    If a US citizen is arrested for breaking the law, what happens to his children.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. M2

    Anyone in this country should have to follow the laws of this country. If I was in Mexico and didn't have my documentation, I would be thrown in jail. Fair isfair. Most countries would do the same. What would happen to you if you sneak into Russia? You'd be in jail so fast your head would spin! I live on the Canadian border and I can't cross because I don't hae a passport.

    Another thing that bothers me is we have legal immigrants come here to harvest crops. They are paid really, really well, averaging $200 a day. My husband worked with inspecting the crop and asked if he could work with them as they made more money. He was told no, they only hire Mexicans. So the jobs that Americans won't do–bull–aren't allowed to do. If people realized how much money some of those jobs pay, they would do it.

    If people were sneaking in from Canada, they would be stopping every white person and not one brown skinned person. It's all perspetive. Who should they stop?

    April 29, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    Why doesn’t Arizona just stop all people in their state and check their identification.

    That way no one can accuse them of racial profiling because everyone will be treated equally. Just do that a couple times a year and the problem is solved.

    Oh and while they do that, put up the fence and fine and jail illegal employers.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joseph DeMaria

    Why are these protesters arguing that to enforce present immigration laws is a violation of our US Constitution? Let me put it this way. The right to freedom of movement of an individual within National borders is often contained within the constitution or in a country's human rights legislation but these rights are restricted to "citizens" and exclude all others.

    Some argue that the freedom of movement both within and between countries is a basic human right and that nationalism and immigration policies of state governments violate this human right that those same governments recognize within their own borders. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, fundamental human rights are violated when citizens are forbidden to leave their country. (Article 13). However, immigrants are not assured the right to enter a country, that right is given at the host country's (USA) discretion.

    Since illegal immigrants without proper legal status have no valid identification documents such as identity cards, they may have reduced or no access to public health systems, proper housing, education and banks. This lack of access may result in the creation or expansion of illegal underground forgery to provide this documentation. That is unless they have forged documents to access the benefits provided and paid for by tax-paying citizens. Why is that so hard for these protesters to understand?

    April 29, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sue0319

    If 20 million illegals are given amnesty--they will then be able to bring in 20 million more of their family members through chain migration.

    Then they register to vote.

    Then, they take over our politics and elections, just like in California.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. gasmanguy

    Is that ok police stop you every day on several occasions just to check your ID because of your look ! you don't know the story of JEW in WW2 . They all did not get killed by Germans .They suffered in all angles such as what i alredy said. you need to study some books. Sorry for you and for some others. Lets talk about Legal people for a second. How about Arnold! If he goes to Arizona and police stop him, no body can blame police. In his heart (the police )stopped him beacuse he didn't liked the TERMIINATOR 1 ....or he doesn't like him as the CA governor.
    Bush 's GOP sold you The Iraq war by lie and now another lie by his GOP/TEA party gang. no wonder him and his wife came out of blue during the last couple of days.
    God help you

    April 29, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. marc

    But in this particular case, these millions of immigrants hold rightful and honest jobs. Positions they earned either because they were willing to accept a lower pay or no one else wanted them. For example, data from the National Agricultural Workers Study (NAWS) by the Department of Labor suggests that more than 80% of the workers in the sector are illegal immigrants. Can you imagine what would happen to this $100 billion industry if labor availability was cut short by 80%? Now think of the service, hospitality and manufacturing industries.

    Abusing the system by being illegal is not a solution, but neither it is to deport them. Middle ground has to be found or in the end both sides will end up worse than they are right now.

    Posted by: NU Student
    NU Student
    That is the very problem, you say because they came in illegally and took a job they should stay? They broke the law and must pay, and the price is to be deported

    April 29, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. red

    its about freakin time the rest of the country got with the program .. send em back keep em out and shoot em if they try to cross our borders again.... way to go arizona way to go... you protesters.... yeah you. if you dont like it go back with em.... then youll have to pay americans to do your work rather than payn next to nothing at all. cheapskates... harry reid you can go to .... we all know youre probably illegal too..

    April 29, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    The police already stop people for no reason. Just the other night I was pulled over and asked to show my license and insurance card. The officer ran a check and then said thank and have a good everning. Why should whites go through this and no one else should. The Arizona law is halting racial profiling not starting it. By the way, I read through the constitution last night and it says nothing about shielding anyone from the law.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
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